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J Thorac Imaging 1992 Mar;7(2):19-29

Noncardiac manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis in the thorax.

Shannon TM, Gale ME

The noncardiac manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in the thorax are complex and varied. The bony thorax, pleura, lung
parenchyma, tracheobronchial tree, larynx, an upper airway can all be sites of disease. Drug therapy for RA can result in
thoracic disease that is difficult to distinguish from the manifestations of RA itself. This article reviews the available literature
pertinent to noncardiac thoracic manifestations of RA and focuses on clinical and radiographic presentations in order to provide
an organized approach to patient care.

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